Health Day in the works

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions were at a meet­ing, last Thurs­day at the Pat Burns Arena, to dis­cuss ideas for an am­bi­tious event be­ing planned for May 25th: a Health Day in Stanstead. Be­sides pro­vid­ing a venue for lo­cal ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions to show­case their ser­vices and meet the com­mu­nity, Am­bu­lance Stanstead wants to con­duct a mas­sive CPR train­ing of over three hun­dred peo­ple dur­ing the event. The new “Hero in 30” pro­gram trains in­di­vid­u­als in

thirty min­utes in the new tech­niques (hands only) of car­dio-pul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) and the use of Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tors (AEDs), many of which are in­stalled around the Stanstead Com­mu­nity and in other com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion. Af­ter tak­ing the free train­ing, the ‘thirty-minute heroes’ re­ceive a CPR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion card, also for free.

“If you live on Duf­ferin Street and you call the am­bu­lance, if you’re lucky it will take 7 to 8 min­utes. If you live in Beebe, it takes longer. And if the am­bu­lance is al­ready on the way to the hospi­tal, you have to wait for an am­bu­lance from Ma­gog. That’s why this project is so im­por­tant for ci­ti­zens,” said Bruno Roy, a para­medic with Am­bu­lance Stanstead who will help plan Health Day. “We were the first com­mu­nity in the Estrie to have AEDs placed all around. Other com­mu­ni­ties are fol­low­ing us. At other am­bu­lance ser­vices around the province they talk a lot about Am­bu­lance Stanstead and what we’ve done here,” he added.

It’s one thing to have AEDs around the com­mu­nity, an­other to con­vince ci­ti­zens to use them, even if they haven’t been trained. “Peo­ple think it’s hard to use, they might be afraid to use it. But it’s very easy to use,” ex­plained Mr. Roy about the ma­chine that talks peo­ple through the nec­es­sary CPR steps. “And when it comes to the law, peo­ple can use an AED on some­one with­out any worry of be­ing sued here in Que­bec.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tions that were rep­re­sented at the meet­ing in­cluded the CSSS Mem­phrem­a­gog, the CAB RH Rediker, the town of Stanstead (recre­ation, fire de­part­ment, build­ing in­spec­tion), Phar­macy Chan­tal Richard, the Mem­phrem­a­gog Sureté du Que­bec, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the Pre-Re­tour pro­gram and Je­unesse-Em­ploi.

There will be a lot to at­tract peo­ple to the event, such as great door prizes like an Ipad mini, in­flat­able games for the chil­dren, hopefully the “Ton­neau” car of the Sureté du Que­bec, and quite pos­si­bly free skat­ing since the event will be held at the Pat Burns Arena.

Pho­tos Vic­to­ria Vanier

Dis­cussing what ac­tiv­i­ties will take place dur­ing Stanstead’s first Health Day, to be held in May, were (Left to right) Sgt. Pa­trice Gre­goire, Sureté du Que­bec; Maryse Trepanier, Stanstead Recre­ation; Marie-Claude Duch­esne, Pre-Re­tour; Josee Fortin, CSSSM; Veronique Boutin, Je­unesse-Em­ploi; My­lene Labonté, CAB RH Rediker; An­nie Roberge, Phar­macy Chan­tal Richard; Bruno Roy, Am­bu­lance Stanstead; and Fire chief Chris Good­sell. Deb­bie Bishop, of Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, also at­tended but can’t be seen in the photo.

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